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To strain or not to strain?? To strain or not to strain??

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Unread 02-26-2012, 03:21 PM
To strain or not to strain??

I am 9 days post op from my DVH and am having a terrible problem with BM's. I had one last Tuesday and then not again until this morning. Had a small one this morning but had to strain to do it. Now I have a small amount of bloody discharge. Up to now, I was just having a yellowish or light pink discharge. Hope I didn't strain too much? I feel like I am backing up in there. I have been taking collace and Drinking Metamucil. Today I am cramping really bad. It's kind of like pouring draino into a clogged drain and it won't go through the clog. does anyone know if we should strain or not? I know we are told not to lift, pull or push anything. I don't want to tear anything!
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Unread 02-26-2012, 03:23 PM
Re: To strain or not to strain??

Defo NOT strain, very important not to hun xx a lot of girls jive good suggestions on how to het them going x
Unread 02-26-2012, 03:42 PM
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Thanks I will make sure not to strain. Hope I didn't do any damage.
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Unread 02-26-2012, 04:55 PM
Re: To strain or not to strain??

Try Milk of Magnesia. Or ask your doctor about something more powerful. I don't know if you technically have constipation (are things getting too solid in there?) )Or are you just slow?

I have a sluggish system and things seem to bog down before they get to my large intestine, where the water is removed and everything starts to get more solid. Once things hit my large intestine, they don't seem to linger, so while I may wait 2 or 3 days between bm's, they are not hard and may even be very loose.

I am dwelling on this because your system may just still be shaking off the effects of the anesthesia and behaving normally. I know the last thing any of us want is to hurt ourselves during this time, so try not to panic.

The scariest 24 hours I had was when I was really feeling so full that I was going to explode, but nothing seemed to be ready to come out. In my case, it was all in the smaller intestine, and the Milk of Magnesia worked miracles by getting all those muscles to work properly.
Unread 02-26-2012, 05:50 PM
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Milk of Magnesia helps the no straining thing...
Unread 02-26-2012, 09:17 PM
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Another two tricks to help things move along without straining - 1) Rock gently back and forth on the toilet. Don't move your legs, just your torso. This mimics the muscular contractions in the bowel you otherwise have during a BM but you don't have to strain. 2) get something to put your feet on infront of the toilet, like a little box. If you can get your knees a couple inches higher than the toilet it is supposed to make it easier on you.

Also if you search the forum you might find other recommendations from others who have experienced this. Best wishes!
Unread 02-26-2012, 09:27 PM
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No straining!!! no, no, no!

Try MOM, or a similiar that you've had success with in the past.

Metamucil wafers were helpful to me too.
Unread 02-26-2012, 10:54 PM
Re: To strain or not to strain??

Thanks everyone! Things finally started moving around 6pm tonight, but WOW the pain!! At first everything was really solid and oh so hard to pass, but then became very soft and much easier. I think I am finally cleaned out pretty well. Thank goodness - I felt like I was going to explode! I will try MOM and continue with stool softeners so I don't get backed up again. I did not have a problem with constipation before surgery, so I hope this gets better. It was a miserable experience!

Thanks for all the advice. Hoping to get some sleep tonight.

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